Physiology of Vision

  • O.-J. Grüsser
  • U. Grüsser-Cornehls
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In our environment we see a large number of three-dimensional objects. These can be described as moving or stationary, or having a particular spatial arrangement. They may differ in brightness, color, size, and form. Visually perceived objects can have special significance to us or they may be irrelevant; they can make an emotional impression or elicit no subjective response at all. Physiologists have become accustomed to saying that visual perception occurs because an image of the environment is cast onto the retina. This image gives rise to certain signal-detection and processing events in the receptors and the higherorder nerve cells, which eventually — at the level of “consciousness” — result in perception (cf. p. 5). But everyone is aware from his dreams that visual perception can occur in the absence of retinal images.


Ganglion Cell Receptive Field Retinal Ganglion Cell Bipolar Cell Lateral Geniculate Body 
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  • O.-J. Grüsser
  • U. Grüsser-Cornehls

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